Thursday, July 2, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Sinners & Saints with Elonzo Wesley
Friday  6 p.m., Fountain Plaza, NC Music Factory, $10,
This Charlotte acoustic duo celebrates the release of "This Ain't No Country Song" - its split 7 inch record with songwriter Elonzo Wesley whose beautifully sparse tune gives the EP its name. He's on the bill with Everymen and Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band.

USNWC July 4th Celebration
Friday and Saturday  4 p.m.,5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Free,  
The US National Whitewater Center’s annual Independence Day festivities includes cornhole tournaments, fireworks and live music by acoustic, folk, and roots acts the Shook Twins, the Honeycutters, and Greensky Bluegrass Friday and Kansas Bible Co., Stokeswood, and Donavon Frankenreiter Saturday.

Squirt 4th of July Bash
Saturday  3/8 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free,  
Snug Harbor makes it an all-day affair with two shows - first it’s a matinee with female emcee Gangsta Boo of Three 6 Mafia with locals Rapper Shane and Elevator Jay followed by an evening lineup of local rock acts Hungry Girl, Serfs, and the Business People with Knocturnal host and resident DJ Justin Aswell.

Warped Tour
Tuesday  11 a.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $37,
With few true old timers on the bill Pierce the Veil, We Came as Romans, Matchbook Romance, Escape the Fate, blessthefall, Family Force 5, the Wonder Years, Metro Station,  Black Veil Brides, Juliet Simms, August Burns Red, Beartooth, Riff Raff, Asking Alexandria, Silverstein and Miss May I are just some of the acts making for a decidedly newer school Warped Tour.

Barenaked Ladies
Wednesday  7 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $29.50-$69.50,  
It’s hard to think of three quirkier, nerdier bands than Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, and Men at Work. Each holds the same sort of slot for a generation charmed by unlikely, infectious radio hits. Ladies and Femmes are joined by Men frontman Colin Hay, who has enjoyed the attention of a new generation thanks to Zach Braff and “Scrubs.”

Stu Hamm
Wednesday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $20-$25,  
With a sideman adept enough to keep up with both Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, guitar geeks will want to tune in as this innovative bass guitar giant is joined by Testament’s Alex Skolnick and Al Dimiola drummer Joel Taylor for a mind, ear, and string bending (no doubt) musical exercise.

Freddy Jones Band
Thursday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $ 12-$15,
It’s not easy for a band to duplicate the success of its first-run after a lengthy break, but the Chicago roots-rock band is making a play to recapture the glory it enjoyed in the mid `90s as a peer to Hootie and Dave Matthews with its new single “Those Diamods and the July release of “Never Change” - its first full studio album since 1999.

The Temptations and Four Tops
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $20-$89.50, 
Mirroring the short Broadway run the Motown legends did this winter, the `60s two biggest vocal acts reunite for a friendly, if a tad competitive, stroll down memory lane led by founders Otis Williams and Abdul “Duke” Fakir the respective bands’ only surviving original members. It’s also a perfect prequel to August’s Motown: The Musical at the same theater